How to avoid seasonal allergies

You can avoid seasonal allergy attacks by staying hydrated and avoiding foods and drinks that contain sodium, which can cause dehydration and dehydratedness, and eating at least five healthy meals a day.

In fact, some foods and beverages that are high in sodium are known to trigger seasonal allergies.

“It’s best to avoid foods and drink that are salty or have a lot of salt,” said Dr. Steven P. F. Gellman, a clinical professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

“We want to avoid salty and sweet, salty-sweetened beverages, because they can lead to the development of allergies,” Gellmans advice on seasonal allergies is reprinted in an upcoming issue of the Mayo Clinical Practice Guidelines.

“Dietary restrictions and healthy eating patterns are really key,” said Pilar Espinosa, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

“You don’t want to put yourself at risk by going out and eating these things.”

You can also be a good steward of your body by exercising regularly, eating healthy meals, getting plenty of sleep and avoiding certain foods and behaviors that can trigger a seasonal allergy attack, including spicy foods, dairy products and foods that contain a large number of salt particles, including foods and food ingredients that contain corn, peanuts, tree nuts and soybeans.

“These are not foods that people should be eating because of the risk of seasonal allergy,” said Michael T. McInnis, an allergy specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“If you have a peanut allergy, avoid peanuts,” he said.

If you have asthma, avoid air fresheners and other products that can create a mild or severe asthma attack, such as masks and mouthpieces, McInnes said.

“Some people do not need to use these items,” he added.

Some foods that are good sources of sodium include meat, seafood, milk, eggs, wheat, breads, dairy and nuts.

“Don’t put yourself or others at risk for a seasonal allergic reaction by consuming these foods,” Gillman said.

He added, “Be careful when shopping for things you are likely to eat and avoid products that contain salt.”

To learn more about the Mayo clinical practice guidelines, click here.